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Interpreter, Authoring system
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Developer Nikos Chantziaras
Formats TADS 2, TADS 3
Interaction style Parser
Systems macOS, Linux, Other
System details The official release is source code only. On macOS and Linux, it can be easily installed through Homebrew. Some Linux distributions also provide a package for it, but it can be outdated. Homebrew usually provides the latest version. See How to build FrobTADS on Mac OS X.
Latest version 2.0 / 9 May 2021
Status Stable
Uses interpreter

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FrobTADS is a version of TADS for Unix, including development tools and supporting libraries, written and maintained by Nikos Chantziaras. It's built to modern Unix standards, and includes automatic configuration for easy installation on all Linux versions and most other current Unix systems.

The interpreter ("frob") supports most of the latest text-only TADS user interface features, including colored text and backgrounds, TADS 3 banner windows, and timed input.

FrobTADS replaced an older Unix port of TADS, originally created by Dave Baggett in the late 1980s and maintained over the years by several successors. Unix has evolved considerably since Dave's original work, and it eventually got to the point that it made more sense to start with a clean slate, developing a new version from the ground up to modern Unix standards.

It runs on Linux, macOS, FreeBSD and other Unix-likes.

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